An Experts Look Inside Third Eye Blinds Tour De Fat Show,Asheville, NC.
This weekends Third Eye Blind show hosted by New Belgium Brewery and Tour de Fat was epic. Let’s put aside the fact that I am an incredibly biased person to be writing this review. Mainly, because I’ve traveled across the country to see them, and sometimes spent more time in line to get rails than I’ve slept that week, but that’s besides the point. I’ll give you a fair and honest critique, that will leave you regretting not buying those Summer Gods Tour tickets sooner.
Let me set the scene for you, the sun is setting it’s 7:30 pm , the crowd has been drinking since 4:30pm. We are riled up, costumes everywhere, bike contests, dance contests, and Fire Leopard happened. If you don’t know who Fire Leopard is, crawl out from the rock you live under and check them out. Kidding, but honestly, they’re unknown but amazing, perfect for Tour de Fat. I mean, the guy wore two track suits, and made up a song about a guy in the crowd named, Kyle, and it was impeccable.
The crowd started their usual “THIRD EYE BLIND! THIRD EYE BLIND!” chant and Kopp strolls onto the stage in his usual manor, and the music starts. Kryz, dressed in his black uniform, quickly walks across the stage and Joseph Pepper hands him his guitar, you look over, and Brad somehow already in his seat, behind his new drum set and starts lightly drumming, and LeCav walks out and is handed his bass. At this point, the crowd is screaming, rightfully so, and then – the Magic Man, Stephan Jenkins, does his signature rocky walk onto the stage, hands clenched, pumped up, right over to Kopp and their new opener begins. There’s NOTHING that compares to a “Narcolepsy” opener, I’m telling you, nothing.
You see, Third Eye Blind, will cater to the fan base they know will be at the show. I’m not sure how often other bands do this, but Third Eye Blind is exceptionally in tune with their core fan base. For the most part, they know what the crowd wants to hear, and they’ll bring that to the table for them. I’ve been to every type of show, where they play all the hits, and where they play none of the hits. This show, fortunately, for the fans that want to reminisce in the late 90s and maybe dabbled a little in their newer stuff, was the show where they played all the hits.
Stephan did his typical chatter during “Never Let You Go,” where he spews his thing about them being a “MOTHER FUCKING GUITAR ROCK BAND,” which they are, and while I laugh every time he says this, I wouldn’t want it any other way. All the while, he’s making eye contact, smiling, pointing at you, and giving you all the love you deserve. And believe me, you melt when he does this. The rest of the band is doing something similar, with the fans they know and recognize. The show is honestly like 2000 friends, laughing and hanging out together for a couple hours, and that’s exactly the camaraderie the band wants us to have. As usual, Stephan pumps the crowd up even more and dove directly in to one of their Self-Titled bests, “Graduate,” and lift off – the crowd is alive and singing every single lyric.
They played songs off their new album, We Are Drugs, like “Company of Strangers,” which sounds almost like it could have come off of their 2003 album, Out Of The Vein, and “Don’t Give In.” Along with “Dopamine,” “Rights of Passage,” and “Something in You.” We even got the gift of hearing “Crystal Baller” which hasn’t been played as frequently as it used to. Of course, the crowd nearly fell of their rockers, once “Semi-Charmed Life” started, which then queued upwards of thirty crowd surfers - some of which made it to the front of the stage, and some who ungracefully fell to the ground, which at one point made LeCav laugh hysterically.
Stephan made it a point to announce that most of these songs would be the last time they played them all summer, and that they would be “playing for hours and hours and hours and hours” on Summer Gods Tour. So I’m thinking we can realistically look forward to an hour and a half of guitar rock band, The whole Self Titled album, and songs off their new album, “We are Drugs.”
Overall, the guys were on point. Stephan sounded great, the background vocals sounded excellent. As always, Kryz destroys the guitar and by the looks of it, possibly got a new one? Brad broke in his new drum set, and LeCav reached new lows in his ability to do a split better than most olympian gymnasts. I'd say the ONLY thing that was missing from this show is finally letting Danny Nolan in to the lineup at the end of the show. What I’m trying to say here is that they really made me not regret flying in from Boston to see them. If you haven’t gotten your tickets yet to Summer Gods Tour be sure to grab them now, most shows are ALMOST sold out if not already sold out, at ticketmaster.com/summergodstour.